Lavrov calls for probe into NATO's role in drug trafficking

TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that drug trafficking from Afghanistan by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s aircrafts needs to be investigated.

The role that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allegedly played in drug proliferation in Afghanistan needs to be probed into, Lavrov said on Friday.

According to Russia's top diplomat, over 20 years of the US’ and the coalition’s other participants' presence in Afghanistan, drug trafficking from that country has increased many-fold, ITAR TASS news agency reported.

"We keep on receiving reports, including via mass media, that contraband of opiates has been organized from Afghanistan to other countries, including to Europe, with the use of military aircraft of the NATO coalition," he added.

"We cannot verify these reports 100% but such reports are coming too regularly to be ignored. If military aircraft were used over Afghanistan, they could have been only NATO’s aircraft and such flights could have been performed only by the military or special services. Naturally, such information needs to be probed into, first of all in the United States," Lavrov stressed.

Investigation is also needed inside the country of NATO presence, he said, adding, “looking at absolutely reliable facts, we can say that over 20 years of US’ and the coalition’s other participants' presence in Afghanistan, drug trafficking from that country has increased many-fold."

Neither the United States nor other members of the coalition have taken any serious efforts to stop drug production in Afghanistan," he added.

MA/TASS

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